UC Davis Aggies (15-32, 4-14 BWC)
CSUN Matadors (31-22, 11-7 BWC)
Friday, May 13 - 1 p.m. (DH)
Saturday, May 14 - 1 p.m.
Matador Diamond (1,000) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats (all three games)
Live Audio (Fri., Gm. 1)
Live Audio (Fri., Gm. 2)
Live Audio (Sat.)
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will head to Northridge for its final games of the 2016 season — a three-game series that will also mark the final appearance in an Aggie uniform for six seniors: Christina Guidry, Leah Munden, Kaila Olson, Alicia Paine, Justine Vela and Kelly Zboralske.
Since the NCAA Division I Committee will announce its postseason brackets on Sunday, all Big West teams will play their final games of the regular season on Friday and Saturday. For the Aggies and Matadors, Friday’s doubleheader and Saturday’s season finale will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and an internet audio broadcast are available for each game, softball fans can access these links at ucdavisaggies.com.
- CSUN enters the weekend in second place with a 31-22 overall and 11-17 league record
- Last weekend, CSUN opened a season-ending six-game homestand by winning one of three games against Cal State Fullerton — this year’s Big West champions
- Before losing back-to-back games against the Titans, the Matadors won seven of their previous eight
- UC Davis trails CSUN 29-14 in the all-time series, and has dropped the last four straight to the Matadors
- The Aggies are 7-9 all-time at Matador Diamond
- In the 24 games involving UC Davis and CSUN, as Division I opponents, each team has won 12
- Keep an eye on CSUN’s junior outfielder Taylor Glover because she holds top 10 Big West stats in 11 different offensive categories
- UC Davis, the league’s top base-stealing team will surely test junior catcher Karlie Habitz throughout the series; the Penn State transfer has thrown out 13 players stealing and is responsible for two of her team’s three pickoffs
- Sophomore Savannah Horvath, last year’s All-Big West first team and All-NFCA West Region second team selection, is batting .320 with 46 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 33 RBI and 20 stolen bases
- Junior right-hander Daphne Pofek 18-8 record with a 2.65 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 164.0 innings; she is 11-3 with a 1.55 ERA and .210 opponent batting average in league play
- CSUN is the defending Big West champion and the last of six UC Davis opponents, on this year’s schedule, that competed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament
- CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers has faced UC Davis head coach Erin Thorpe three times in previous seasons when Thorpe guided the softball program at Boise State; Flowers lost two of three neutral-site games
THANK YOU SENIORS!
Six UC Davis student-athletes will compete in the final games as an Aggie this weekend in Northridge. Softball’s 2016 senior class is comprised of: Christina Guidry, Leah Munden, Kaila Olson, Alicia Paine, Justine Vela and Kelly Zboralske.
STEPPING UP WHEN IT COUNTS THE MOST
The Aggies’ 1-0 shutout victory on May 1, at Cal Poly, is the latest stellar pitching performance by senior Justine Vela during a league season already full of them. In Big West games only, Vela’s .229 opposing batting average is the fourth-lowest among all league pitchers.
NUMBER ONE WITH THREE GAMES TO GO
By scoring twice at Cal Poly during the Aggies’ weekend in San Luis Obispo (April 30-May 1), junior centerfielder Brianna Warner broke a three-way tie and now holds the Div. I program record for the most career runs. Warner has now scored 70 runs throughout her (almost) three-year career at UC Davis.
ONE IS ALL YOU NEED
By defeating Cal Poly by a 1-0 score on May 1, UC Davis is now 6-8 in one-run games, and also picked up its sixth shutout victory of the season.
RBI RECORD WITHIN REACH
Currently ranked second with 67 career RBI, senior first basemen Kelly Zboralske needs to drive in three more runs throughout the Aggies’ final games to set a new Division I career record. Amy Nunez (2011-15) currently occupies the top spot with 69 career RBI.
CLUTCH WHEN IT COUNTS
Zboralske has consistently found a way to step up when her team needs it the most; of her 62 combined RBI recorded throughout the last three seasons, 31 took place with two outs.
MANY TRIED, ALL OF THEM FAILED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR
Until game one of last Saturday’s doubleheader vs. UCSB, Brianna Warner successfully stole a base in all 36 attempts this season. That day marked the first time since April 29, 2015, in the Aggies’ series opener at UC Riverside, that Warner was caught stealing. Since she was last caught stealing, this season’s No. 1 base stealer in the Big West Conference swiped 39 straight bags throughout a 52-game block of action.
YOU KNOW YOU ARE CURIOUS
The NCAA record for most consecutive stolen bases is 73, set by Texas A&M’s Sharonda McDonald from April 21, 2004, to March 4, 2006. Before her streak was snapped on May 7, Warner was tied for No. 24 with her 39.
ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BIG WEST
Warner has a realistic opportunity to accomplish something that only person in Big West Conference history can boast: stealing 40 or more bases in a single season. With another three bags, UC Davis’ junior centerfielder will join UC Riverside’s Dionne Anderson as the only players to swipe 40 or more bases in a year. Anderson set the BWC’s single-season record in 2014 (47 steals).
BY THE WAY...
Warner enters this weekend’s series at CSUN with 37 stolen bases, slightly more than twice as many as the previous Div. I single-season record of 18 previously held by Megan Guzman (2011).
WARNER LOVES FREE BASES...
Brianna Warner leads all Aggies with 22 walks, nearly one-fifth of UC Davis’ total. The junior centerfielder is tied for sixth among all Big West players in this statistical category.
...HOWEVER, REYNOLDS DOES NOT
Junior right-hander Andrea Reynolds’ control in the circle is outstanding, that is why she has only hit a league-low two batters this season. The San Luis Obispo native is ranked No. 9 in the nation and is one of 22 pitchers in the NCAA with two or fewer hit batters (min. 70 innings pitched).
Reynolds’ 18 walks are the third-lowest total among all conference pitchers, trailing Hawai’i’s Brittany Hitchcock (7) and Jennifer Iseri (17).
EARN YOUR WAY TO FIRST BASE
UC Davis is the only Big West team to occupy three spots on the Big West Conference’s top 10 list of fewest walks allowed. In addition to Andrea Reynolds, who leads all Aggies and is ranked No. 3 with 18 walks allowed, Justine Vela and Leah Munden are ranked No. 9 and No. 10 respectively with 30 and 31 walks.
ONE MORE FOR A PROGRAM RECORD
That’s the number of saves freshman Sara Cadona needs to match Andrea Reynold’s D-I record for the most saves in a single season. Cadona is one of three Aggies who lead all Big West pitchers with three saves.
HER FIRST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT HER LAST START
One of three Big West pitchers with a league-high three saves, freshman Sara Cadona earned her first collegiate start when UC Davis traveled to Cal on April 26. That afternoon, Cadona struck out two batters throughout her five innings in the circle and earned a no decision.
MCINNES WASTED NO TIME DURING LEAGUE PLAY
By batting .500 throughout the Aggies’ weekend at Cal State Fullerton (April 15-16), including a 3-for-3 effort in the series opener, first-year Aggie Taiya McInnes increased her batting average to .326 when the team left Orange County.
The junior transfer from Alabama A&M has become a regular fixture within the Aggies’ lineup by earning starts in all but two of her 29 games played. Of those starts, she was the team’s DP in 19 games, caught another seven and started another at first.
FOUR IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Keep an eye on the score once the fifth inning rolls around because UC Davis is 9-3 when leading, and 4-3 when tied through four innings of action.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
When UC Davis allows two runs or less in a game, the team is 12-2 this season.
ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA
For the second time as a Division I program, UC Davis recorded shutouts in both games of a league doubleheader when the Aggies blanked Hawai’i, 1-0 and 3-0 on April 2. This occasion first took place when UC Davis visited CSUN during the 2012 season. The Aggies posted scores of 1-0 and 2-0 en route to a road sweep against the Matadors.
DIVISION I CLEAN SHEET SWEEPS
UC Davis’ shutout sweep against the Rainbow Wahine also marked the ninth time that shutouts were recorded in back-to-back games since the Aggies began competing as a Division I program during the 2007-08 season. The other eight attempts are:
vs. Winthrop (3-0) at the Cathedral City Classic - 2/10/08
vs. Seton Hall (4-0) at the UNLV Desert Classic - 2/15/08
vs. Canisius (1-0) - 3/13/09
vs. Sacramento State (5-0) - 3/13/09
at Saint Mary’s (1-0 and 11-0) - 2/21/09
vs. Utah Valley (6-0 and 1-0) - 3/5/11
at Pacific (3-0) - 5/5/12
at Cal State Fullerton (5-0) - 5/11/12
at CSUN (1-0 and 2-0) - 4/6/12
at UC Riverside (1-0) - 4/12/13
vs. Cal State Fullerton (1-0) - 4/27/13
vs. Sacramento State (1-0) - 2/12/14
vs. Western Kentucky (2-0) at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Classic - 2/14/14
MOVIN’ ON UP
Twenty-two games into the season, junior centerfielder Brianna Warner set a new all-time single-season record for stolen bases when she swiped her 21st and 22nd vs. Stony Brook (3/12). By doing so, she topped the previous high of 20 bases originally set by Megan Turman during the 2004 season.
WARNER WRITES HER NAME ONCE AGAIN
Six games after setting a new all-time single season stolen base record, Brianna Warner became the Aggies’ new No. 1 mark when she swiped her 55th career bag when Hawai’i visited La Rue Field on April 1.
Entering UC Davis’ Big West opener against the Rainbow Wahine, the junior centerfielder and Belinda Paine (2006-09) shared the all-time record with 54 steals apiece.